Famous department stores decorated in festive bling, twinkling lights draped above the streets as bright red double-decker buses pass by and sparkling Christmas trees of every size are plentiful. Wine is mulling, chestnuts are roasting and a rosy-cheeked, white-bearded Santa seems to be everywhere at once — how does he do that? — there really is no place like London at Christmas.
One of my favourite times of year for travel is October, as the days grow shorter and the weather becomes cooler. Both in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe there’s less demand for holiday packages and hotel rooms, so prices drop and popular locations are less crowded than in the summer months. Here are my top 10 choices for October holidays in the UK, Europe and beyond and my tips for getting the most out of your travels.
With summer nearly over here are five fun autumn activities ideas to inspire you to get off the computer and outdoors with family or friends.
Donate your outdoor clothing and equipment that they no longer need. Simply drop it into your local Rohan shop and they will ensure it is put to good use, by passing it on to community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. What a great idea!